Iron Spike Museum's Frequently Asked Questions
Are you new to Iron Spike Model Train Museum? We have tried to answer the questions that tend to come up when planning a visit. If you still have questions, please feel free to call the Museum at 636-283-5166 or visit our location in Washington, MO.
1. What are your hours?
They vary seasonally, but generally they are:
Monday & Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday & Thursday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (24-hour advance reservations required; only on these days, to ensure you see operating trains)
Friday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2. How do I make a reservation?
You can call the Museum at 636-283-5166 and leave us a message. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can go to our Facebook page (https://fb.com/book/IronSpikeModelTrainMuseum/) to book the appointment there. Tell us your name, phone number, the date and time you plan to come visit and how many people are in your group. Be sure to leave a phone number in case we need to contact you about your reservation.
3. How do I get there?
We are located at 1498 High Street at Missouri Hwy. 100 in Washington, MO. We're 1.2 miles west of the Missouri Highway 100 and Highway 47 intersection. Turn right at the High Street stoplight and then take another immediate right on Fourteenth St.
4. What's so special about the museum?
First, we operate a wide range of model scales. Many museums focus on just one or two. Second, we use our displays to entertain and teach. Third, we have a great Recycled Railroad Shop if you are looking for engines, cars, buildings, track, or accessories. The stock is always changing. Fourth, we are entirely VOLUNTEER-staffed. Finally, we have intentionally kept our admission prices low so families can afford to visit often.
5. What's your oldest train?
Our oldest train is a 1910 wind-up American Flyer-Cast Iron model. Our oldest running train is a 1926 Lionel Standard Gauge 318E. We have many other vintage trains on display and operating. We take great care of them.
6. Do your trains run?
We run a number of our trains at the museum. Some of them are old and quite rare, therefore, some are only on display. Virtually any one of our trains can run if it is repaired. But in some cases, that would compromise their historical integrity.
7. How long does it take to go through the museum?
You can walk through the exhibits in about an hour. Many visitors spend a good deal longer with us.
8. Are photographs allowed?
9. Is food allowed?
No. Visitors are asked not to eat inside the museum. We have many great restaurants to serve you in Washington, MO. We'd be happy to suggest local options for you and provide you with directions.
10. Is the library open to all visitors?
All visitors are welcome. There is no charge if you only want to use the library. Donations are always appreciated. Remember that the library does not lend books. Since its hours do vary, if you plan on serious research, please call ahead.
11. Is the Museum handicapped accessible?
Yes. The entire facility is handicapped accessible. Feel free to call ahead if you have any questions about this. We want everybody’s visit to be a great experience!